I've been an editor for six years now. I currently work at research company...
...where I edit consumer and market research. Before that I edited crossword puzzle, word search, and word game books and magazines. I just cut my editing job back to part time so that I could start working as a baker part time! I absolutely love baking, and I'm so happy that I'm on my way to turning my hobby into a career -- or at the very least, a part of my career. I've already learned so much at the bakery, and I'm looking forward to learning much more.
How long have you been a Daring Baker/Daring Cook and what’s your favorite thing about being in the group(s) so far?
I was a Daring Cook for two challenges, but then decided I liked what I saw the Daring Bakers doing better and I just like baking more in general, so I switched into the Daring Bakers. I did the Dobos Torte and now the vols-au-vent, and the vols-au-vent were definitely my favorite thing to make. I've wanted to make puff pastry for a long time, and I was so excited that being in the Daring Bakers gave me that extra push I needed to finally make it.
What is the ultimate comfort food to you?
Oh gosh, definitely a one-pot meal like baked mac and cheese or something slow-cooked like beef stew or braised short ribs.
Which season (Winter, Summer, Spring, Fall) is your favorite.. why?
Fall is my favorite for so many reasons. For starters, my birthday is in September. I also immediately start thinking about apples, pumpkins, squash, stews, and soups when the weather starts to cool down. The leaves, the smells, the baked goods -- everything about fall is just so wonderful to me.
How long have you been blogging? Do you like it? What’s your favorite post you’ve written?
I've been blogging for almost two years now. I really enjoy it. I like looking back at my first posts and seeing how much my blog has changed, how my writing skills have improved, and how my food photography has improved. My favorite post so far is one I wrote about making Martha Stewart's ladybug cupcakes and in which I also announced that I was going to start working at a bakery.
Do you have a favorite local restaurant? If so, why is it your favorite and what kind of food is served there?
I really like Garden at the Cellar in Cambridge, Mass. I guess it could be called a gastro-pub. The chef there is incredibly talented and makes the most wonderful dishes. I had the most amazing pork chop of my life there, served with peaches rather than apples. My boyfriend and I both loved the wild boar bolognese over gnocchi. I tried trotters and pork belly for the first time there. And the rosemary-truffle fries are to die for!
Who taught you how to cook and/or bake?
Well, both of my parents are really good cooks. My dad is actually a chef. He went to CIA, but I think I cooked more with my mom as I was growing up. Now, whenever I go home to visit, I ask my dad's advice about making stocks or hollandaise or using knives. But I still cook with my mom too, and we do tons of baking together around the holidays.
What is your favorite cooking/food related magazine? Why?
It's hard to say because I read so many of them, but lately I've really been enjoying Entertaining from Cook's Illustrated. The recipes are normal things, like stuffed peppers or chocolate bundt cake, but the magazine advises how to make the most perfect versions of them. I love reading how certain ingredients and using more or less of them can really affect the final outcome of a dish.
What did you eat for dinner last night? Did you prepare it or someone else?
I had butternut squash, pumpkin, and caramelized onion ravioli (from a package from Whole Foods) with a sage and brown butter sauce (which I made) on top.
If you had the choice of a free kitchen, bathroom, living room or bedroom makeover – which would you choose and why?
I think I'd choose the bathroom. We have a pretty nice kitchen, and we recently made a huge walk-in pantry, but our bathroom is tiny. It has a pedestal sink, which I hate, and only a skinny linen closet. I would love to have a huge shower with multiple shower heads, double sinks, and more cabinet space.
The Martha – Angel of Domestication or Minion of Evil? Why?
I think Martha is wonderful. I often dream about what life would be like if I had infinite amounts of money and never had to work. I think I would make all of Martha's recipes, and even though I'm not very artsy, I'd try my hand at several of her crafts and project ideas as well.
Do you watch any competitive cooking shows? Like Top Chef or Hell’s Kitchen? If so, which is your favorite and why?
I love Top Chef. Unlike Hell's Kitchen, which is all about the drama, Top Chef tends to be about the food. I like seeing what the contestants can come up with in such a short amount of time. I'm mostly a recipe follower when I cook, so the creativity on the show always impresses and inspires me.